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Havant and Waterlooville – Season Preview 2019/2020

Havant and Waterlooville

2018/19 Season

National League: 23rd

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Winners

League Top Scorer: Alfie Rutherford (15 goals) / Average Attendance: 1277

One of the first things Doswell has done is revamped the squad by moving to daytime training. His first signing was Dean Beckwith who worked with the new Hawks boss at Sutton United, the defender has won the National South twice with Eastleigh and the U’s. Roarie Deacon made his name in that F.A Cup run under Doswell and the midfielder follows his boss down to Hampshire via Scottish Premiership side Dundee. Another player coming in from Doswell’s former club is goalkeeper Ross Worner. Anthony Straker arrives from Bath City where he scored eight league goals last term and was named in the National South Team of the Year. Attacking full back, Benny Read has signed from Horndean having earned a Wessex Premier League runner up medal last term. Kenyan international, Jonah Ayunga rejoins the Hawks whilst Wes Fogden and Alfie Rutherford have been retained. Simon Walton joins the Hawks from Maidstone United as Player Coach, the 31-year-old has Football League experience with Leeds United, Ipswich Town, Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers. Nicky Bailey’s time with Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough will help the Hampshire side and he already knows his boss having spent three years with Sutton United, the midfielder will provide plenty of experience. Ed Harris leaves the club after seven years and Rory Williams followed his teammate to Dorking Wanderers. Havant and Waterlooville signed Josh Taylor following a loan spell at Maidstone United last season and links back up with Paul Doswell who signed him back in July 2017. Taylor has made two appearances for the England C team over the past year or so. The Hampshire club also raided Ebbsfleet United for a trio of players on the same day. Winger Andy Drury has plenty of experience to give at the age of 35 including a spell at Ipswich Town whilst in the Championship, Danny Kedwell made his name when AFC Wimbledon won promotion into the Football League, since then he has enjoyed successful spells at Gillingham before the Fleet and Sam Magri moves closer to home after spells with Dover Athletic and Ebbsfleet United. The Hawks have also snapped up young goalkeeper, Kingsley Latham on loan from Southampton, the 20-year-old was also on loan at Dorchester Town last season.

The Manager – Paul Doswell

Appointed as Havant and Waterlooville manager this summer Doswell has a wealth of experience in the National League and National  South with Eastleigh and Sutton United. He won two promotions with Sutton United and reached the F.A Cup fifth round losing to Arsenal, but the U’s did upset AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United on their way. At Eastleigh he also had success and plans to bring his knowledge back to Hampshire to guide the Havant and Waterlooville back to the top flight of non-league football.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 5 / Havant and Waterlooville wins: 3 / Draws: 3

Last Six Meetings

13.01.2018 Dartford 1 Havant and Waterlooville 0
12.08.2017 Havant and Waterlooville 0 Dartford 0
19.03.2016 Havant and Waterlooville 2 Dartford 0
05.12.2015 Dartford 4 Havant and Waterlooville 2
17.03.2012 Dartford 3 Havant and Waterlooville 1
07.01.2012 Havant and Waterlooville 1 Dartford 4

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in their last six games against Havant and Waterlooville, winning five of the last six.

The Darts have kept cleans sheets in each of their last three matches versus the Hawks.

Last Ten Years

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 10 August 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 21 March 2020 at Westleigh Park

Hampton and Richmond Borough – Season Preview 2019/2020

Hampton and Richmond Borough

2018/19 Season

National South: 15th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Chris Dickson (16 goals) / Average Attendance: 605

A cut in the playing budget was revealed by incoming Chairman, Jacques Le Bars in the summer to make the club sustainable, that was a blow for manager Gary McCann trying to rebuild the squad, but he still showed his commitment by signing a two year contract extensionA few days later the club announced that a grant had been approved to help improve the Beveree, failure to make the improvements could have put Hampton and Richmond Borough’s National South status in jeopardy. 

Chris Dickson top scored for the Beavers last season with 16 league goals, the former Charlton Athletic striker wasn’t offered new terms by the club along with Ricky Wellard and Simon Downer. Hampton and Richmond Borough also decided not to take up the option of keeping Tom Lovelock and Karl Oliyide, who were under contract. Craig Dundas scored four league goals for the Beavers last season, the striker returns to Sutton United as a fitness coach and to work with the U’s academy. Coming in, James Ewington made his name at Walton Casuals last term with a superb 39 goals in 38 games, the striker did join St Albans City but their style of play didn’t suit him so he returned to Walton Casuals and helped them stay on the Southern Premier League. Ewington will hope to replace the goals the Beavers will lose with the departure of Dickson. Cole Brown was a teammate of Ewington’s last term and managed 11 goals in 30 appearances for Walton Casuals, the pair will link up again. Defender, Tom Jelley left the Beveree in the 2017/18 campaign and returns to the club after making over 100 appearances in his last spell with Hampton and Richmond Borough. Likewise, Shaun McAuley will start his third spell with the Middlesex club having played for Kingstonian last term. Left sided midfielder Sam Deadfield makes the step up from the Southern Premier South joining from relegated Basingstoke Town. Louis Stead is another to arrive from a lower league, the midfielder joins from Beaconsfield Town. Barbadian international midfielder Louie Soares links up with the Beavers having spent most of last season with Slough Town. The experienced midfielder includes Bristol Rovers, Aldershot Town, Southend United, Grimsby Town and Alfreton Town in his playing career. MK Dons goalkeeper Laurie Walker has joined the Beavers on a season long loan, the keeper has had two seasons in the National South with Hemel Hempstead Town. Danilo Orsi-Dadamo scored ten league goals for Hungerford Town last term, the only player to reach double figures for the Crusaders, he makes the switch to the Beveree. Ruaridh Donaldson has moved to London to work, so finding Hampton and Richmond Borough seems a good fit for the left back who played for Stenhousemuir in Scottish League One.

The Manager – Gary McCann

Hampton and Richmond Borough had been keeping tabs on the great work McCann was doing at Hendon. When former manager Alan Dowson jumped ship to take over at Woking, the appointment of his replacement was swift. McCann first joined Hendon as a player in 1997 and then became the longest serving manager at the Middlesex club, where he won an Isthmian League Cup. He consistently kept Hendon in the Isthmian Premier League finishing runners up in 2015 and third last season, losing the playoff final to Dulwich Hamlet on penalties. Last season was McCann’s first at the Beveree guiding Hampton and Richmond Borough to a fifteenth place finish.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Last Six Meetings

23.03.2019 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2
17.11.2018 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Dartford 1
30.03.2018 Dartford 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
02.09.2017 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2 Dartford 2
17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
29.08.2016 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 Dartford 1

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in five games against Hampton and Richmond Borough and have scored in their last eight versus the Beavers.

The Beavers have won just two of their last nine against the Darts, but in those victories they put four goals past Dartford in each game.

Last Ten Years

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 19 October 2019 at the Beveree

Saturday 8 February 2020 at Princes Park

Eastbourne Borough – Season Preview 2019/2020

Eastbourne Borough

2018/19 Season

National South: 18th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Charlie Walker (11 goals) / Average Attendance: 586

Mark McGhee kept the Sports away from the drop when he took charge in the interim, following Jamie Howell’s departure. His vast experience in the Football League and Scottish Premiership will now be taken elsewhere after he set out what the club wanted him to achieve. In came Lee Bradbury, who had spent the last seven years at Havant and Waterlooville guiding them to back to back titles to reach the National League. The former striker made over 500 Football league appearances and had a spell as manager at AFC Bournemouth. Bradbury hopes to bring exciting football to the Sussex to reflect how the fans feel about Eastbourne Borough.

In March 2017, Elliott Romain left the club to pursue a career at a higher level, the striker is back at Priory Lane and was Bradbury’s first summer signing. He will partner Charlie Walker who was the club’s top scorer last season with 11 goals. The Sports’ Player of the Season, Kane Wills agreed to stay at the club as well as left back Kristian Campbell, the experienced Sergio Torres, Mike West and Dan Blackmore. Another player returning to Priory Lane after time away with Woking and Chelmsford City last season is central defender Kiran Khinda-John. The Sports have signed winger, Nick Wheeler who has won two promotions in a row with Billericay Town then Woking, he also had spells with Dagenham and Redbridge and Tonbridge Angels. Ciaren Jones impressed Norwich City whilst at Luton Town and has secured his first loan spell with a temporary move to Eastbourne Borough, the defender was part of the Canaries development squad last term. After a spell with the Sussex club last season, Manny Adebowole joins from National League side Dover Athletic. Moving to Priory Lane with a National South playoff winners medal, striker Greg Luer joins from Woking. Luer showed plenty of promise early in his career when he moved from Burgess Hill Town to Hull City. Playing time was limited with the Tigers and so he had spells with Scunthorpe United, Stevenage and then Maidstone United before Woking. James Ferry will line up as part of the Sports defence having joined from Stevenage, the 22-year-old ended last term with Woking as well. With the loss of goalkeeper Mark Smith to Dartford, the Sports have signed goalkeeper Tom Hadler from League One side Gillingham, he has had loan spells with Folkestone Invicta, Tonbridge Angels, Grays Athletic and Gloucester City. 

The Manager – Lee Bradbury

Lee Bradbury is eight years into his managerial career and joins the Sports after leaving Havant and Waterlooville. His playing career spanned sixteen years most notably at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The former striker replaced Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth as caretaker manager in January 2011 and at that point choose to retire from playing. Although Bradbury reached the playoffs he was dismissed the following campaign after a poor run of results. At Havant and Waterlooville he bounced back from relegation with back to back titles taking the Hawks to the National League, before dropping down to the National South last term.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 6 / Draws: 4

Last Six Meetings

20.04.2019 Eastbourne Borough 6 Dartford 0
27.11.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 3
24.11.2018 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2

Facts

Dartford had gone eleven games unbeaten against Eastbourne Borough going back to 2011, winning eight of those fixtures.

Eastbourne Borough have won the last two versus the Darts, the 6-0 victory in April was the biggest win in this fixture.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 2 November 2019 at Priory Lane

Saturday 22 February 2020 at Princes Park

Dulwich Hamlet -Season Preview 2019/2020

Dulwich Hamlet

2018/19 Season

National South: 14th

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: Afolabi Akinyemi (13 goals) / Average Attendance: 1842

The positivity around Dulwich Hamlet just keeps building after a drawn out battle to return home to Champion Hill last season. Once the London club were back where they belong, crowds swelled and now the club are looking further forwards. The success of Hamlet’s homecoming led to the fans and local community being consulted on whether a new ground will benefit the club, they have now made an application to build a new 4000 capacity stadium with an all-weather pitch.  

On the pitch the squad has been strengthened, joining from Folkestone Invicta where he scored over 50 times in two seasons, Ade Yussuf will have the responsibility of getting goals for Hamlet. An impressive spell with Chatham Town five years ago earned him a high profile move to Dagenham and Redbridge. Ryan Case moves further South from Oxford City, the defender has also gained experience with Dorchester Town, Braintree Town, Poole Town and Bath City. A year ago, Kieran Monlouis was about to start the Scottish Premiership campaign with Hamilton Academicals. The midfielder left towards the end of last season to join Hemel Hempstead and will be starting this campaign at Champion Hill. Hamlet have signed central defender, Richard Orlu who almost won promotion with Welling United last term. He also spent four seasons with Dover Athletic which included promotion to the National League. Former Dart, Nathan Ferguson earned a move away from Champion Hill to League Two side Crawley Town, the midfielder had a loan spell with Dartford and played over 80 times for Dulwich Hamlet. Connor Hunte was on loan from Billericay Town last season and he has joined on a one-year contract. Returning for a second spell with the club, Dominic Vose will be part of Hamlet’s midfield. Rose has also swooped to sign former Dartford forward Danny Mills from Ebbsfleet United. Mills had a loan spell with Welling United last season and in the campaign before played 26 games for Dartford scoring six goals. 

The Manager – Gavin Rose

Hamlet’s longest serving manager finally earned promotion to the National South and in his first season helped them to a mid-table finish. The former midfielder had spells with Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Southend United, Bromley, Gravesend & Northfleet and Walton & Hersham among others during his long career. Rose runs an academy which specialises in coaching youngsters and as a manager with Beckenham Town almost won the Kent League. Under his guidance, Hamlet won the Isthmian Division One South title five years ago and the Isthmian Premier League playoffs just over a year ago.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 1 / Dulwich Hamlet wins: 3 / Draws: 2

Last Six Meetings

02.03.2019 Dulwich Hamlet 2 Dartford 0
20.10.2019 Dartford 2 Dulwich Hamlet 1
31.03.2007 Dartford 1 Dulwich Hamlet 1
19.09.2006 Dulwich Hamlet 3 Dartford 2
09.12.1996 Dulwich Hamlet 3 Dartford 1
04.12.1996 Dartford 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0

Facts

Both sides are unbeaten in this fixture when playing at home, the Darts have drawn two and won one.

Dartford have yet to pick up a point on their travels to play Dulwich Hamlet.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 7 December 2019 at Champion Hill

Saturday 25 January 2020 at Princes Park

Dorking Wanderers – Season Preview 2019/2020

Dorking Wanderers

2018/19 Season

Isthmian Premier: 1st

F.A Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Jason Prior (21 goals) / Average Attendance: 570

A club established just twenty years ago, Dorking Wanderers have been on a rapid rise of late with five promotions in nine campaigns. Confident in his own squad manager Marc White stated he will be making minimal changes to the playing staff. White will be hoping the momentum of winning the Isthmian Premier League will continue but is prepared to bring in players that will strengthen the club. Former Aldershot Town midfielder Jake Gallagher has signed on a two-year contract. The England C international made 159 appearances and scored 10 goals for the Shots and has also played over 120 times for Welling United. Former Dart, Jason Prior secured a third title in three seasons having won two in a row with Havant and Waterlooville before helping Dorking Wanderers last term, once again he top scored and he will remain a Wanderers striker for this season. The step up from the Isthmian Premier has made White make some tough decisions, one of which was releasing Chris Boulter after the former captain spent seven years at the club. Record goalscorer, Tom Tolfrey made just over 200 appearances and netted 154 times for the Surrey Club, he has also left the club as well as defender Robb Sheridan. Dorking Wanderers made a double signing raiding Havant and Waterlooville for the services of defenders Ed Harris and Rory Williams. Harris made over 250 appearances for the Hawks and Williams played just under 150 games, both experiencing back to back league titles before last season’s relegation. 

The Manager – Marc White

Marc White was a founder member of the club in 1999 which started out in the Crawley and District League. White has seen Dorking Wanderers rise up the non-league pyramid and last season move to a new home then clinch the Isthmian Premier League title. Along the way, Wanderers have West Sussex Division Four North as well as the Second Division, the West Sussex Premier League, the Southern Combination Division Three to go with last season’s triumph. White is determined to take Dorking Wanderers into the Football League, an ambitious manager for an ambitious club.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 7 September 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 4 January 2020 at Meadowbank

Concord Rangers – Season Preview 2019/2020

Concord Rangers

2018/19 Season

National South: 6th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 3rd Round

League Top Scorer: Alex Wall (21 goals) / Average Attendance: 404

Reaching the play-offs last season was a great achievement for the club under Sammy Moore, who left in the summer due to ‘personal reasons’Chairman, Ant Smith looked from within the club for the next appointment and was ‘over the moon’ when Danny Scopes accepted the managerial role.

In the summer, the Beachboys have seen a huge turnover of players. Freddy Moncur spent time in the National League with Ebbsfleet United along with spells at East Thurrock, Wingate and Finchley and Bishop Stortford after making his professional debut for Leyton Orient in 2017. Son of former Tottenham Hotspur, Swindon Town and West Ham United midfielder John, football runs in the family as older brother George plays for Luton Town. James Blanchfield had interest from the Beachboys to join on loan last season from Dagenham and Redbridge, the midfielder signed a pre contractional agreement. Goalkeeper, Chris Haigh won Player of the Year at Heybridge Swifts last season and now he looks set to wear the number one jersey at Thames Road. Hoping to replace the goals that will be lost by Alex Wall leaving for Hemel Hempstead Town, Greg Cundle put pen to paper signing from East Grinstead Town, he scored 21 goals last season and last year made his professional debut for Gillingham before joining Kingstonian. Tosin Olufemi and Michael O’Donoghue were signed on the same day from Harringey Borough and following them was Joel Nouble. In defence, Scopes swooped for the signature of Jack Cawley, the 26-year-old moves from Maldon and Tiptree. Chris Millar has also been added to provide the midfield with more attack, he was at Heybridge Swifts. Danny Bassett was involved in 30 goals last season scoring 20 and assisting ten, he comes in from Tooting and Mitcham United. Another addition is Decarrey Sheriff who was released by Colchester United at the end of last season, his had loan spells with Dulwich Hamlet, Needham Market and Maldon and Tiptree. Concord Rangers have added Kosovan, Kreshnic Krasniqi and forward Lamar Reynolds.

The Manager – Danny Scopes

Part of the backroom team under Sammy Moore, the new Concord Rangers boss Danny Scopes was appointed when Moore left this summer. Chairman, Ant Smith believes Scopes will run through brick walls for the club and his attention to detail was fundamental to Concord Rangers’ success last term. Scope has been with the Beachboys as a player, manager and within the youth system. Working with Scopes as Head of Recruitment is Adam Drew, who has previously been involved at Heybridge Swifts as well as Maldon and Tiptree.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 4 / Concord Rangers wins: 2 / Draws: 3

Last Six Meetings

26.01.2019 Dartford 1 Concord Rangers 1
14.08.2018 Concord Rangers 2 Dartford 0
06.01.2018 Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 1
15.08.2017 Dartford 2 Concord Rangers 0
11.03.2017 Concord Rangers 1 Dartford 1
24.09.2016 Dartford 2 Concord Rangers 1

Facts

For the first time, last season Dartford failed to beat Concord Rangers in at least one of their league games against them.

Concord Rangers are unbeaten in their last three games against Dartford, their longest unbeaten run versus the Darts.

Last Ten Years

 

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 14 September 2019 at Thames Road

Saturday 21 December 2019 at Princes Park

Chippenham Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Chippenham Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 13th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: 1st Round

League Top Scorer: Nathaniel Jarvis (16 goals) / Average Attendance: 667

Chippenham Town have settled in well to the National South after winning promotion in 2017. The Wiltshire club recorded back to back thirteenth place finishes and will now be working out how to take the next step. Manager, Mark Collier persuaded David Pratt to return to the club from Wealdstone. The striker top scored for the Stones last term with 11 league goals and won the Southern Premier League with the Bluebirds two years ago. Youngster, Callum Gunner was on loan from Bradford City last season and has made his move to Chippenham Town permanent, his progression was curtailed through injury. Nat Jarvis top scored with 16 goals last season, the striker stays on with the Wiltshire club. However, fellow forward Nick McCootie scored eight times last season and he has dropped down a division moving to Weston-super-Mare. Three seasons in a row, Luke Hopper top scored for his respective club and now he will be plying his trade with Chippenham Town. Hopper joins from Southern Premier League South side Salisbury F.C, where he won their golden boot for the last two campaigns, three years ago he was Gloucester City’s top scorer in the National North. Rhys Taylor joins from Wealdstone and can be utilised as a full-back or winger, Taylor’s previous clubs include Reading, Hungerford Town and he has had a spell in Germany. Welsh teenager, Jay Foulston will fill in the left back position securing a loan deal from Newport County, where he made his debut for the Exiles at the age of 16.

The Manager – Mark Collier

Chippenham Town had hit a low point in 2013 when they lost 9-0 to Stourbridge. Mark Collier was on holiday in Egypt at the time and when he was asked to become manager he obliged. Last season was the first time Collier failed to improve Chippenham Town’s league position, but only because the Wiltshire club matched the thirteenth place finish in their debut National South campaign. Just over two years ago he won the Southern Premier League with his side recording 103 points. Prior his appointment at Chippenham Town, Collier famously led Swindon Supermarine to the F.A Cup second round, where they lost 1-0 to Colchester United.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Chippenham Town wins: 1 / Draws: 1

Previous Meetings

13.04.2019 Dartford 0 Chippenham Town 1
13.10.2018 Chippenham Town 1 Dartford 2
20.01.2018 Chippenham Town 2 Dartford 2
09.09.2017 Dartford 3 Chippenham Town 0

Facts

Dartford scored in each of the first three matches against Chippenham Town going unbeaten.

In the last meeting between the two sides Chippenham Town recorded their first ever victory against the Darts.

Last Ten Years

 

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 26 October 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 1 February 2020 at Hardenhuish Park

Chelmsford City – Season Preview 2019/2020

Chelmsford City

2018/19 Season

National South: 4th

F.A Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Runners Up

League Top Scorer: Rhys Murphy (23 goals) / Average Attendance: 936

Chelmsford City reached the playoffs for the third season in a row last season and once again will be tagged as one of the potential candidates for promotion. The Clarets will have to go again, but this time without top scorer Rhys Murphy who netted 23 goals in 2018/2019 and swept up at the club’s annual awards. The Essex will hope a number of attacking players can replace the goals lost by Murphy’s depearture. Sam Higgins often top scored for East Thurrock United and with their relegation he has returned to Chelmsford City after an eight-year absence. Another face returning to the Melbourne Stadium is Shaun Jeffers from Brackley Town, the 27-year-old recorded 24 goals in 52 games during the 2016/2017 with the Clarets, and Andy Fennell will make the step up from the Eastern Counties League Division One South to the National South, the former Coggeshall United forward netted 33 times last term and used to be part of Chelmsford City’s youth setup. Creativity could come from Jamaican winger Jamar Loza who had been on Stringer’s radar for some time. Loza played on loan at Woking last term scoring seven goals in just nine appearances and has four international caps for Jamaica. Carl Pentney arrives from Maidenhead United to replace goalkeeper, Nathan McDonald.  Alex Osborn already appeared for Chelmsford City a dozen times back in 2011/12 during a loan spell, the 25-year-old joins from East Thurrock United. Left back, Frazer Shaw was at Concord Rangers last term making 34 appearances, he’ll now be part of Rod Stringer’s squad.  Ollie Muldoon played 42 times for Maidstone United over the last two years, the midfielder moves to the Clarets and has also represented Gillingham in the past. Manager, Rod Stringer also had a clear out releasing a number of players including former Dart, Jordan Chiedozie, however midfielder Chez Isaac was retained.

The Manager – Rod Stringer

When Rod Stringer took over three years ago, Chelmsford City had spent the previous three seasons outside of the playoffs. Joining from rivals Bishop’s Stortford he has turned the Clarets into promotion contenders finishing in the playoffs each time. He has a proven track record of getting teams challenging for promotion winning the Isthmian Division One North with Aveley, then taking them to the Isthmian Premier League playoffs. Stringer moved to Braintree Town and in his only season at Cressing Road he won the Isthmian Premier League. A spell at Bishop’s Stortford wasn’t as successful as previous roles, but Stringer has brought optimism and consistency back to the Essex club.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 37 / Chelmsford City wins: 56 / Draws: 21

Last Six Meetings

18.02.2017 Chelmsford City 2 Dartford 1
07.08.2018 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 0
10.02.2018 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2
21.10.2017 Chelmsford City 1 Dartford 0
07.05.2017 Dartford 1 Chelmsford City 2
03.05.2017 Chelmsford City 0 Dartford 0

Facts

Dartford have won one of their last eight matches against Chelmsford City. Elliot Bradbrook scored the winner at Princes Park last season.

Chelmsford City have lost just three of their last nineteen games versus Dartford in all competitions.

Last Ten Years

 

 

Next Meetings

Monday 12 August 2019 at Melbourne Stadium

Saturday 14 March 2020 at Princes Park

Braintree Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Braintree Town

2018/19 Season

National League: 22nd

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: 4th Round

League Top Scorer: Mohamed Bettamer (6 goals) / Average Attendance: 678

Relegated from the National League after one season, Braintree Town return to the National South. The last time they were here they hit form at just the right moment to win the playoffs, beating Dartford along the way. This summer has seen some change in the dugout, Danny Searle resigned from the Iron after four months in charge to manage Aldershot Town, if it wasn’t for the Shots getting a reprieve he’d be up against his former side. Searle had stepped up to the Manager’s role following the departure of former Braintree Town boss Hakan Hayrettin in January and guided the club away from the foot of the table with six wins and a draw from 16 games, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Essex club in the National League. The Essex club appointed new boss Glenn Driver, who spent the summer rebuilding the squad.

Replacing England C international goalkeeper Ben Killip, who moved to Hartlepool United will be Michael Johnson who was signed from Southern Premier League side Hitchin Town. The new Iron boss quickly added centre forward Tom Richardson to his squad, who scored 23 goals for Aveley in the Isthmian Division One North last season. He also strengthened the defence with the signing of Jake Hutching from Isthmian Premier play-off runners up Merstham, the 23-year-old gained experience with Leyton Orient and Hearts of Midlothian before playing non-league football. Winger, Trey Charles can play on the left or right and has joined from Isthmian Division One South side Northwood, but he first impressed Driver whilst at Hitchin Town. In midfield Aaron Lamont is familiar with the National South having been in the Truro City squad that reached the play-offs a couple of years ago. The 23-year-old had a spell with Hampton and Richmond Borough last season before joining the Iron from Isthmian Premier side Kingstonian. Adeyinka Cole started out as a Blackpool youth team player before spells at Enfield Town, Romford and Grays Athletic, he will be part of the Irons midfield. Up front, Alfie Cerulli has graduated from the academy but has played first team football with Witham Town. Two years ago, Roman Michael-Percil was part of Brad Quinton’s side that won promotion, he returns to the Essex side after spells with St Albans City, East Thurrock United and Merstham. Last season Jermaine Osei was on dual registration with Wealdstone and Bedford and was signed by Braintree Town this summer. Also switching to Cressing Road is midfielder Sean Bonnett-Johnson from Potters Bar Town, Kyran Clements from Isthmian Division One North side Bury Town and Rob Harvey. Sergio Manesio has been brought in as a holding midfielder and spent some of his career in North America with Cleveland State University and Ottawa Fury FC and Harry Osbourne will add to the options a centre back.

The Manager – Glen Driver

Glen Driver was appointed Searle’s successor having spent the last three campaigns with Leiston. He guided the Suffolk club to a play-off place in the Isthmian Premier League before a switch to the Southern Premier League, where he resigned last term because Driver felt he had taken the club as far as he can. The new Iron boss also won Leiston their first ever Suffolk Premier Cup title when they beat Bury Town and is the Braintree Town’s fourth manager appointed in the last five summer breaks.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 2 / Braintree Town wins: 6 / Draws: 2

Last Six Meetings

06.05.2018 Dartford 0 Braintree Town 1
23.12.2017 Dartford 1 Braintree Town 1
08.08.2017 Braintree Town 2 Dartford 2
01.01.2015 Braintree Town 3 Dartford 0
26.12.2014 Dartford 0 Braintree Town 2
18.04.2014 Braintree Town 1 Dartford 0

Facts

Dartford have failed to score in six of their last eight meetings against Braintree Town

Braintree Town are unbeaten in their last eight games versus the Darts.

Last Ten Years

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 24 August 2019 at Princes Park

Friday 10 April 2020 at Cressing Road

Billericay Town – Season Preview 2019/2020

Billericay Town

2018/19 Season

National South: 8th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Semi-Final

League Top Scorer: Moses Emmanuel (16 goals) / Average Attendance: 1089

Former manager Dean Brennan revealed that budget cuts affected the team whilst he was at the Essex club, leading to the departure of players, however he highlighted the budget at Billericay Town was still competitive. Chairman, Dan Groves was still pleased with the overall performance of the club stating Billericay Town exceeded his expectations. Groves claims his biggest achievement though was getting close to becoming a self-sufficient club, this summer the budget has been reduced. 

Even still, the Essex club managed to secure the services of goal scoring midfielder Jordan Parkes from Hemel Hempstead Town. Parkes became the all-time top scorer for the Tudors and reached a century of goals for them back in December. Central defender, Ronnie Henry will bring experience having won promotion with Stevenage to the Football League back in 2005 and the F.A Trophy in 2009. The 35-year-old also helped Luton Town to promotion before returning to Stevenage. Former Dartford goalkeeper Alan Julian was retained by the Blues, whilst former Premier League player Lloyd Doyley, Cole Kpekawa, Connor Hunte, Sam Kelly and Adam Coombes were all released. Right back, Ben Nunn left Dagenham and Redbridge at the end of last season and was snapped up and Josh Urquhart left the Essex club last summer, the midfielder returns to be part of Harry Wheeler’s squad.

The Manager – Harry Wheeler

In January, Wheeler was back at Billericay Town even after being sacked by the club 147 days earlier. Clearly, owner Glenn Tamplin recognised he had made a mistake and from a neutral perspective it was difficult to understand what Wheeler had done to deserve his dismissal. Wheeler won the Isthmian Premier League title, Isthmian League Cup and Essex Senior Cup all in one season, then guided Billericay Town to healthy position in the National South. Differences have now been put aside and after a spell at Maidstone United which didn’t work out, Wheeler is back to try and finish what he started.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 3 / Billericay Town wins: 2 / Draws: 1

Last Six Meetings

22.04.2019 Dartford 2 Billericay Town 1
15.09.2018 Billericay Town 1 Dartford 1
06.03.2010 Dartford 1 Billericay Town 4
02.02.2010 Billericay Town 1 Dartford 0
14.02.2009 Dartford 2 Billericay Town 0
04.10.2008 Billericay Town 0 Dartford 1

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in their last two matches against Billericay Town.

The last three meetings have seen both teams score, the first three meetings saw the victorious team winning to nil.

Last Ten Years

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 9 November 2019 at Princes Park

Saturday 15 February 2020 at New Lodge